CDC: One in 14 women smoke while pregnant

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(WLUK) -- One in fourteen pregnant women who gave birth in the U.S. in 2016 reported smoking during pregnancy, the CDC reports.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its report Wednesday.

According to the report, 7.2 percent of women who gave birth in 2016 smoked cigarettes during pregnancy.

Women, ages 20-24, were most likely to smoke while pregnant in 2016.

Compared to the nation overall, smoking during pregnancy was lower in 19 states and D.C. and higher in 31 states in 2016.

The prevalence of smoking during pregnancy was the highest in West Virginia (25.1 percent), Kentucky (18.4 percent), Montana (16 percent), Vermont (15.5 percent ), and Missouri (15.3 percent).

The states with the lowest amount of pregnant women smoking tobacco in 2016 were Arizona, California, Connecticut, Hawaii, New Jersey, New York, Nevada, Texas, Utah, and D.C. with less than 5 percent.

In Wisconsin, 11.3 percent of mothers who gave birth in 2016, reported smoking during pregnancy.

Smoking while pregnant has been linked to a number of health problems for the baby, including low birth weight, preterm birth and various birth defects.

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